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Hurley Australian Open returns after yearlong hiatus

Matt Banting © ASP/Dunbar



Hurley Australian Open of Surfing

ASP 6-Star Men's WQS Event
ASP 6-Star Women's WWQS Event
Manly Beach, New South Wales
8 - 16 February 2014

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Sydney Sees The Return of the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 February, 2014 - After a one year off, this weekend will see the return of one of the biggest sporting events in Sydney, the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach. The event that won Event of the Year at the 2012 NSW Sports Federation Annual Awards is set to return, bigger and better than ever, and will feature men's and women's ASP 6-Star Qualifying Series divisions as well as men's and women's ASP Australasia Junior Qualifying Series divisions.

Matt Banting, who skyrocketed onto the world stage when he took out both the Pro Junior and men's 6-Star divisions at the inaugural Hurley Australian Open of Surfing, is excited to return to Manly to defend his two titles.

"Not having the event on last year gave me another year to hold the title, which is pretty cool," Banting said. "I'm really looking forward to returning to Manly, I'm going to do the 6-Star and the Pro Junior again, and I'm not putting pressure on myself but it would be great to win them again. The win in 2012 set me up to get into the ASP Prime events. I wasn't expecting to get in those events that early in my career, but it's been really good for my surfing. It's great to have an event like this is Sydney, my favourite event is the US Open, and this is just the Australian version. The crowd get into it and there's a great mix of local and international talent."

Julian Wilson (Sunshine Coast, QLD/AUS), No. 6 on last year's ASP World Championship Tour and Hurley Australian Open of Surfing No. 1 seed is looking forward to starting his 2014 competitive season at next week's event.

"I'm excited to put on a singlet and get the year started at the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing," Wilson said. "It's going to be a fantastic event with all the entertainment right on the beach as well as the surfing action. It'll be a really fun week and let's hope we get a little swell!"

Martin Jolly, Senior Vice President Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand IMG, is thrilled to see the return of this iconic event that perfectly combines surfing, skating and music.

"We are very pleased to be working with the NSW Government to bring the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing back to Manly," Jolly said. "This world-class, internationally recognised event will deliver one of the best youth culture festivals in Australia, as the worlds of music, surf and skateboarding unite for this mammoth nine-day event which kicks off this Saturday."

Dane Jordan, ASP Australasia General Manager is thankful to Hurley, IMG, Destination NSW and Manly Council for all their hard work behind the scenes to get the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing back on the international surfing calendar.

"On behalf of ASP and surf fans in Sydney and around the globe, I'd like to thank Hurley, IMG, Destination NSW and Manly Council for all the hard work that's gone into the 2014 Hurley Australian Open of Surfing," Jordan said. "Manly has deep roots in Australian professional surfing and Sydney is our biggest city, when you combine this with the fun festival vibe of the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing it's really an event you don't want to miss."

Will Hayden-Smith

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